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Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being. Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt, cultural criticism, and the wisdom of an eclectic range of writers and thinkers - from Lucretius to Woody Allen - Shields expertly renders both a hilarious family portrait and a truly resonant meditation on mortality.

A New York Times Bestseller in 2008, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, is an insightful, honest and uplifting portrait of what it means to be human, and one day to die.

©2008 David Shields (P)2011 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Breathtaking . . . Shields had us laughing out loud, even in the face of death." (Time Out, Chicago)
"An edifying, unclassifiable mixture of filial love and Oedipal rage." (Time)
"Shields is a sharp-eyed, self-deprecating, at times hilarious writer." (Wall Street Journal)

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